Air Canada “Crew had to declare MAYDAY four times before ATC cleared them for the approach” - Transport Canada
AC-46 departed from Toronto, Canada on September 18th to Mumbai, India
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October 6, 2017
An Air Canada Boeing 787-900, registration C-FGEI performing flight AC-46 departed from Toronto, Canada on Sep 18th to Mumbai,India, being cleared for approach and immediately the ATC cancelled the approach clearance due to a runway excursion by another (Spicejet B738) aircraft.
As reported on AvHeard website, "The Air Canada flight initiated a missed approach at 3800 feet MSL and entered a hold at FL070, then FL080 and FL100. After about an hour the crew decided to divert to their planned alternate airport and set course, however, shortly afterwards ATC told the crew that the alternate was unable to accomodate them due to being at maximum capacity."
"The crew consulted with dispatch and decided to divert to Hyderabad in South India. The aircraft climbed to FL250 and was enroute to Hyderabad when ATC told them, that Hyderabad also was unable to accomodate them due to being at maximum capacity. The flight crew declared Mayday due to being low on fuel, however, ATC instructed them to enter a hold and tried to divert them several times before giving them a direct route to Hyderabad following the fourth Mayday declaration. The aircraft landed on Hyderabad's runway 09L 118 minutes after aborting the approach to Mumbai."
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